Alpert JFS and Rales JFS Fund Essential Services for Holocaust Survivors in Palm Beach County with Annual German Government Grant and Community Support – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

Evelyn Grapek, a Holocaust survivor
Bronia (Bonnie) Kahane

Boca Raton, Florida Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS) in West Palm Beach and Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (Rales JFS) in Boca Raton announced today that the organizations will jointly receive $16.4 million from the Claims Conference. Also known as the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the organization represents the Jews of the world in negotiating compensation and restitution for victims of Nazi persecution and their heirs. This is the 27th year that Alpert JFS and Rales JFS have received funds from the Claims Conference.

Funds are allocated on January 20and every year, just a week before International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, which commemorates the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. Alpert JFS and Rales JFS are the only organizations in the region designated by the Claims Conference for this crucial level of financial support.

“As every year, the world will turn its attention to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.and, with official ceremonies at the United Nations and Auschwitz,” said Marc Hopin, managing director of Alpert JFS. “Holocaust survivors who are our friends and neighbors deserve to live out their final years in dignity with the financial support they need to age in place. It is our shared responsibility to ensure their comfort and care until the end of their lives and to perpetuate their memories forever.

“We have been fortunate to receive more money from the Claims Conference each year as the unmet needs of survivors continue to grow,” said Danielle Hartman, President and CEO of Rales JFS. “Even though many survivors have passed away, there are still many survivors in our community who have increased needs as they age.”

Most of the funds are intended to pay for home care and help Holocaust survivors with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming and preparing meals. A portion of the funds also pays for care management staff who coordinate care for each survivor, emergency financial assistance, counseling, as well as socialization events.

“As a Holocaust survivor, Alpert Jewish Family Service has become my extended family,” says Alpert JFS client Evelyn Grapek. “Their services provide me with a lifeline of essential support that I couldn’t get anywhere else.”

The Claims Conference is demanding a community match of $750,000 which Alpert and Rales JFS must raise locally to receive these funds. Alpert JFS and Rales JFS together provide programs and services to approximately 26,000 seniors, adults, children and people with disabilities, including more than 1,000 Holocaust survivors. To support these organizations in their important work of providing essential support to Holocaust survivors, please visit www.alpertjfs.org Where www.ralesjfs.org.

About Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service

Established in 1974, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is a nationally accredited service provider for children, adults, seniors and Holocaust survivors. The non-profit, non-sectarian organization is a trusted leader, with a team of 150 highly trained professionals providing high quality care to community members. Alpert JFS works to ensure the well-being of children and families, the independence of the elderly and the quality of life of people with disabilities. For more information, www.AlpertJFS.org, phone 561-684-1991 or email [email protected].

About Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
For 40 years, Rales JFS has provided help, hope and humanity through its full range of programs for people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, programs include food and financial assistance, affordable counseling and mental health services, services for the elderly, programs for children and families, career services and education. employment and many volunteer opportunities. To learn more, visitwww.ralesjfs.org, call 561-852-3333 or email [email protected].

Michelle J. Kelley